Monday, 18 June 2012

Old favourites

The parents are visiting from England so there has been little time for birding. Today though I took them on the Tour de Maridalen. Even though it was a bit windy and overcast the birds were cooperative. The Grasshopper Warbler (gresshoppesanger) was singing away, the male Red-Backed Shrike (tornskate) was very obliging as he made forays to the nest with food; a red male Common Rosefinch (rosenfink) sang just metres from us and was briefly joined by a female. The Wrynecks came in and out of their nest hole a couple of times and are possibly bringing food to young although the frequency of visits was not too high. A pair of Pied Flycatchers (svarthvit fluesnapper) showed well by their nest box and an Osprey (fiskeørn) flew over with an agitated Lapwing (vipe) nipping at its tail.
This male Swallow (låvesvale) from a pair nesting under a bridge sang at length from a wire over the road allowing me some nice pictures and also a chance to appreciate how pleasant the song actually is. Notice how it has lost one of its outer tail feathers.
Barn Swallow

Bran Swallow

Barn Swallow

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